Budapest Airport has been awarded the Skytrax title for “Best Airport in the Region” for the fourth time in a row – the first time in the history of the awards that an Eastern European airport has kept its top position for four consecutive years.
Presented at the gala reception of the biggest airport-related fair on the continent, the Skytrax World Airport Awards were staged last night at Passenger Terminal EXPO. Hosted in Amsterdam this year, the award for winning the title of “Best Airport in the Region” was accepted by Jost Lammers, CEO, Budapest Airport, and his team. Based on the feedback of more than 2,000 passengers travelling through the airport, the results of the awards are purely based on their opinion, with no influence other than the provision of excellent services and a great airport experience.
Budapest had another record-breaking year in 2016, welcoming over 11.4 million passengers from all over the world, travelling with almost 40 different airlines. The double-digit growth rate of passenger traffic goes hand-in-hand with a series of large-scale investments into airport safety and security, retail, food and beverage, parking and other services at the airport.
Launching BUD:2020 last year, Budapest initiated a five-year development program, investing over €160 million in the project which includes: construction of a new 12,000m² passenger pier with 10 contact bridges and 27 boarding gates, the creation of an on-site airport hotel, new parking facilities, logistics bases, and other technical improvements aimed at enhancing the airport experience of passengers for the coming years.
“I am both very delighted and proud of holding the prestigious Skytrax Award in my hands for the fourth time – this is the recognition of the commitment of hundreds and thousands of people working at Budapest Airport,” said Jost Lammers, CEO, Budapest Airport, upon receiving the award. He added: “Quality remains our focus. We want to provide excellent services in all elements of airport experience to travelers, whether they are young backpackers, families with small children or business travelers. Budapest offers a wide range of exciting attractions to all our visitors and we want to continue to be part of the unforgettable memories of Hungary.”